The Great Birthday Cake Off!!

Hello hello!

Are you a Great British Bake Off fan?
My sister and I have been loving this season and as we do every year we've caught the baking bug!

So as her birthday coincided I thought I'd surprised her with our very own bake off with a twist.

For her birthday, instead of making or buying her a birthday cake, I held a

Great Birthday Cake Off!

The challenge - to make a Swiss roll birthday cake in less than 1 hour.

No-one knew anything before hand so I chose a cake at random (making sure I knew none of us had ever tried baking one before). I hit the shops for the basic ingredients and stocked up on a ton of other fun and "interesting" ingredients, toppings and decorations for people to get creative.

Cameras all set up, and stop watch at the ready one of us played as judge and TV presenter and the rest of us tried our hardest to create a master piece!

Let the chaos commence!

Cue the montage of terrible baking attempts!

The competition winner!
My attempt! Might not have let the sponge cool down before adding cream, rookie error!

As described the judge "the step affect. Not a roll but a contemporary alternative!"

The hour was full of fun, mess, a handful of underhanded cheats, and a sprinkle of ingredient fights, but mostly just lots and lots of laughter.

At the end of it all we had baked some very colourful and especially messy cakes, the Judge made her very funny comments and ruled a final winner, the chocolate roll!

In her words "It could have used more chocolate, but what chocolate was there....was chocolaty".

It has to be one of the best party games we've ever played and I can't wait to do it all again next season.

If you're looking for a fun birthday activity, or party game I think this one is just brilliant. 
It's reasonably inexpensive, you can get creative with all sorts lying around the kitchen, involve your drinks and party drink free (or throw in a few drinks of extra madness!)
We had the best time, cake fails and all.

If you'd like to set up your own Great British Bake Off it turns out that you can also get an official part pack full of instruction, invitations, recipe ideas and decorations completely free to download.

I'll put a link

for you to get your hands on one!

If you have a go I'd love to see your pictures of the chaos and your final bakes. Show me on twitter @theasthinkings and user the hashtag #GBCO.

Have fun!!

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